NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro police are investigating a shooting following the first Movies in the Park screening of the summer season at Nashville's Centennial Park.
Officers reported shots were fired around10:40 p.m. Wednesday in the park located off West End Avenue after a number of juveniles were observed throwing gang signs.
A 15-year-old from Goodlettsville, who is on probation and supposed to be under a court-imposed 8 p.m. curfew, received a single gunshot wound to his left knee.
The teen admitted to detectives that he was involved in the throwing of gang signs just before the shots were fired.
The 15-year-old's arrest history reflects five assault charges, a resisting police charge, a drug possession charge and a loitering during school hours charge.
He described the shooter as a male black with dreadlocks who was wearing a blue hat.
Approximately 30 Metro Parks and West Precinct officers were working in Centennial Park Wednesday night as part of the public safety plan.
The 15-year-old and a number of other teenagers had congregated around the Parthenon, a distance away from the Centennial Park Band Shell where the movie “500 Days of Summer” had ended approximately 30 minutes earlier.
Officers saw the teenagers throwing gang signs and told them to move on. The shooting occurred as the crowd was moving.
The 15-year-old traveled to the nearby Arts Activity Center building from where police were called.
The investigation is ongoing. No arrests had been made as of Thursday afternoon.
In its 16th year, Movies in the Park is held at sunset every Wednesday evening in June. It's free to attend.